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The Play That Goes Wrong – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: James Garrington Once in a while a play comes along that is so funny it makes you wonder if it is actually possible to die laughing. There’s a certain part of us that loves to laugh at things going wrong. Indeed, for a lot of people, watching a production ...

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Strangers on a Train – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

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Writer: Craig Warner based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Patricia Highsmith’s crime novels stand out because, unlike many of the genre, her murderers are less pursued by the police than by their own psyches. Nowhere is this set out more plainly than in the opening scene of this adaptation of her first novel, Strangers ...

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Napoleon Disrobed – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Told By An Idiot, based on the book by Simon Leys Director: Kathryn Hunter Reviewer: John Kennedy Told by an Idiot theatre company invites its audience to enter into a conspiratorial ‘Just what if?’ hypothetical premise where historical givens are given a severely anachronistic anarchical shaking up. What if Bonaparte was not alone in his part of an elaborate escape hoax? Escape from St ...

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Joan Baez: Fare Thee Well Tour – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Carol Lovatt It is hard to believe that Joan Baez has been on the touring circuit for well over fifty years but true it is and her final tour offering came to Birmingham last night to the delight of many die-hard fans and music aficionados.  Famed on the folk circuit for her emotive voice and powerful anti-establishment lyrics, Baez ...

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The Window – The Albany Studio, Coventry

Writer and Director: Paul Nolan Reviewer: Nicole Craft 1914. Britain has declared war on Germany. In the line of volunteers willing and able to help the war effort stands James O’Neil; eager, enthusiastic, naïve. Aged 22 years and 37 days, he is man enough to fight for King and country but still too much of a boy to realise the potential ...

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Anthony Horowitz’s Mindgame – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Anthony Horowitz Director: Karen Henson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Anthony Horowitz originally wrote Mindgame as a novel that he later adapted as a play with runs both in the West End and Broadway. He’s a prolific writer of novels, plays, films and television series and is perhaps best known as the writer of Foyle’s War, set during and after World ...

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War Horse – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Nick Stafford, from the book by Michael Morpurgo Directors: Marianne Elliot and Tom Morris Reviewer: Dave Smith Since it first opened at the National Theatre in 2007 – an adaptation Michael Morpurgo, the writer of the source novel, thought “they must be mad” to even attempt - War Horse has been playing somewhere in the world almost continually. In that time it ...

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Up ‘n’ Under – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Writer: John Godber Director: Jeni Draper Reviewer: James Garrington John Godber wrote Up ‘N’ Under as an attempt to recreate the famous Rocky movies, set in Yorkshire and with a backdrop of Rugby League in place of boxing. It’s a classic underdog story. The Wheatsheaf Arms seven-a-side team is a bit of a joke – they don’t have seven players, ...

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